Biography of Willis Aylsworth
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Willis Aylsworth, a pioneer of Cannon tp., was born in Chenango Co., N. Y., Feb. 24, 1818. His parents, David and Ada (Curtis) Aylesworth, were natives of Rhode Island and Connecticut. Mr. A. 's grandfather, Pelek Aylesworth, served through the American Revolution. Mr. A., our subject, was reared on a farm and in early life learned the carpenter and joiner's trade, which he followed for 15 years. He came to Washtenaw county in 1843, and to Cannon in 1845, and located on section 22, where he owns 120 acres. He was the second purchaser of this land, which had no improvements. Mr. A. has cleared and finely improved 90 acres of it. He was married Aug. 8, 1841, to Mary M. Wilkinson, a daughter of James and Vienna Wilkinson. She was born in Smithfield, R. I., Feb. 7, 1823, They have one child, a daughter, Mary M., born Feb. 6, 1845, wife of Wm. G. Little. Mr. A. is Democratic in politics. He still retains in his possession the farm that he located in pioneer days.



From:
History of Kent County, Michigan
Chas C. Chapman & Company
Chicago 1881.

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